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Vendor applications now open for Border Bash!

February 11, 2014
Summer is fast approaching — which means it's time for the 15th Annual Border Bash summer concert series! So get ready for a summer packed with free live music and family fun on State Street and beyond!

Border Bash, the twice-monthly free concert series held annually May through August, is a wonderful roving mini-fest that features live music, children's activities, and street vendors. The concerts will take place on the first and third Fridays of the months May through August. Children's activities will begin at 6:00p.m., live music at 7:00p.m. Admission is free.

Believe in Bristol is now opening up our application process to food and arts and crafts vendors, along with non-profits that would like to have a display table at the event. Please note that there is a small charge for food and arts and crafts vendors, and that payment must be sent in with your application. Space at the event is limited and on a first come, first serve basis so we recommend you get your application in as soon as possible to guarantee space — however, you must have your application in at least one week before the month you start vending in order to be considered for the event.

If you are interested in vending at Border Bash, or having a non-profit display table, please contact Believe in Bristol at info@believeinbristol.org to request a vendor application.

Exciting changes on the way for BCM's Wise, VA., music programming

February 11, 2014
Exciting changes are coming to the Birthplace of Country Music®'s summer concert programming in Wise, VA. The RTE 23 Music Festival will be held on August 30, 2014, on the campus of the University of Virginia's College at Wise. This one-day music event will replace the Concert Series at Big Glades organized by Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and coinciding with Bristol's Border Bash concert series, which runs from May through August on the first and third Fridays.

"We have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the town of Wise and UVA-Wise hosting this concert series over the past five years," says Leah Ross, BCM's executive director. "It's exciting to see the reach of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in our surrounding region – and RTE 23 is another great way to take this music beyond Bristol."

Four acts have been selected for RTE 23 including The David Mayfield Parade, Sol Driven Train, Jarekus Singleton and Derek Hoke.

"We really wanted some sonic diversity," says RTE 23 Festival Director David Stallard. "We were excited to confirm Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion alumni David Mayfield and Sol Driven Train very quickly. Then the job became rounding out the bill. Singleton is an amazing guitar player, in the vein of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Muddy Waters. Derek Hoke is another festival alum – the real deal when it comes to vintage rockabilly."

RTE 23 Music Festival will be free of charge and open to the public. Hours for the event have yet to be determined.

For more information about RTE 23 Music Festival, visit www.BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org or call 423-573-1927.

Birthplace of Country Music® is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating Bristol, TN/VA as the Birthplace of Country Music. BCM inspires new generations with authentic music experiences that honor Bristol’s vital role in recorded music history – the home of the Bristol Sessions, whose music continues to inspire the artists of today.

The David Mayfield Parade
If you've seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers or Mumford & Sons at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion or Bonnaroo, then you've caught his charisma, heart, and comedy, and you're likely to come back for more. Conscious of being not just a musician, but also an entertainer, Mayfield certainly makes an impression live. The strength of his songwriting and musicianship, combined with his charm and personality, keep audiences coming back again and again.

Sol Driven Train
Sol Driven Train's music weaves through genres like images in a Tom Robbins paragraph. The band’s sonic schizophrenia reflects songwriting influences like John Prine and Paul Simon, Afro Caribbean rhythmic explorations and funky New Orleans-style brass into earnest songs of life, love, loss and long johns. The versatile five-piece band, based in Charleston, S.C., features rotating lead vocalists, and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings and percussion. Combining rich varieties of American pop and folk music into their own port-town sound, Sol Driven Train has carved out a unique musical identity within the burgeoning roots music scene.

Jarekus Singleton
29-year-old Jackson, Miss., award-winning guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Jarekus Singleton is one of the brightest, most exciting young stars on the blues scene today. His cutting-edge, streetwise music – melding contemporary and traditional blues with rock energy and hip-hop wordplay – turns audiences of all ages into devoted fans. With his blazing guitar licks and strong, soulful voice, Singleton brings his up-to-the-minute take on the blues to every song he writes and performs.

Derek Hoke
Born in Brunswick, Ga., Derek Hoke is a self-taught guitarist, composer, singer and loner. Hoke's first love was the theatrics of KISS, but when his grandfather showed him country music’s roots, Hoke started down a different path. Hoke's music is not your dad's country or your granddad's country, but the REAL country. Touring for three years with Ricky Skaggs, Hoke is a musician whose experiences unfold in his music and come alive on the stage.

Bristol, Tennessee releases 2013 End of Year Report

February 11, 2014
Bristol, Tennessee is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Year End Report. The report provides an overview of city activities during the calendar year 2013. It was designed in a citizen-friendly format. The format will inform the community of key statistics while giving a brief summary of accomplishments from 2013.

“We want our citizens to have a better understanding of how their local government operates, what projects were completed, what accomplishments and awards were heralded, and what tasks lay before us,” said Mayor Michelle Dolan. “We want our constituency to have an easy to read and understandable document that demonstrates transparency and accountability.”

The document features each operational department in the city focusing on interesting statistics and projects completed during the calendar year. Want to know how many calls were answered by Fire and Rescue? How about how many tons of garbage were picked up? Do you know how many phone calls on average are answered each day in the city?

For answers to all these questions and lots more check out the city’s Year End Report at www.bristoltn.org, scroll down to 2013 Year End Report icon at the bottom of the home page.

Downtown Bristol Blog

blowfish emporium painting party — Musical Bird

February 18, 2014
Come on out to blowfish emporium's regular Tuesday & Thursday night painting parties! The next painting party is Tuesday, February 18 from 6 to 8pm. Be assured, this is NOT a painting class! It is very relaxed & informal. The point is to have fun & allow yourself the option to get as creative as you want. NO SKILL IS REQUIRED, really! The cost is $32 per person (includes EVERYTHING — canvas, paint, tools & instruction — you just show up!). For more information contact blowfish emporium on 276-644-1428 or info@blowfishemporium.com.
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Gain While Losing with YWCA Weight Loss Challenge

February 17, 2014
The YWCA Women’s Fitness Spa will kick off its annual women’s Weight Loss Challenge Monday, February 17 to help participants keep their New Year’s resolutions and weight loss goals. This 8-week program will extend through April 14 and is open to women 13 and older. At the beginning of the challenge, participants’ weight, body mass index, and measurements will be taken to determine a baseline and then taken again at the end of the challenge. Participants are granted unlimited use of the YW Women’s Fitness Spa and wet area throughout the 8-week competition. Each member will receive free group/personal training, motivational phone calls and emails, as well as educational seminars presented by local experts on topics such as weight loss management, general nutrition, and hormone balance and weight. The Fitness Spa trainers also monitor participants’ exercise and nutrition journals weekly. The YWCA Weight Loss Challenge is free for Women’s Fitness Spa members and $80 for non-members. Established groups of four or more may enroll for $50 per person. To register or for more information, visit www.ywcabristol.org or call 423.968.9444.

The Hit Men — former members of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and Tommy James & The Shondells performing live at the Paramount

February 15, 2014
The Hit Men will be performing live at the Paramount on Saturday, February 15 at 7:30pm. The Hit Men are former stars of Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons and other mega-star acts including: Tommy James & The Shondells, Carly Simon, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, The Critters, Barry Manilow, and Elton John & Kiki Dee. Tickets: Adults $42, Seniors/Students without ID $38, Students with ID $34, Group $35.50 — for more information or to purchase tickets, call 423-274-8920 or go to www.theparamountcenter.com.
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Newcomers & Friends Club meeting at Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College

February 14, 2014
The Newcomers & Friends Club of Bristol TN/VA is having their luncheon meeting on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 10:30 am at the Southeast Culinary & Hospitality School at 100 Piedmont Avenue, Bristol, VA. There will be a special program by local singer, Michelle Walch. The primary purpose of the Club is to welcome newcomers and other residents to the area and to raise benefits for various local charities. Please call Gwen Paton, Membership Chairman, at 423-212-0726 if you would like to attend or want more info.

Valentine's Dinner at Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College

February 14, 2014
Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College will be hosting a Valentine's Dinner on Friday, February 14! The menu includes: Shrimp Scampi Appetizer; Spring Mixed Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette; Ribeye Steak with Merlot Butter, Crispy Green Beans, and Duchess Potato (Chicken Marsala can be substituted for the Ribeye); Chocolate Decadent Dessert; and Coffee and Tea. (Beer, Wine and Champagne available.) The cost is $59.95 per couple plus tax and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact the college at 276-591-5699.

Swing Dance class at Bristol Ballet — the perfect date for Valentine's Day!

February 14, 2014
Bristol Ballet is hosting a Swing Class on Friday, February 14 from 7:30 — 10:30pm! Come and celebrate Valentine's Day with your sweetheart at this fun dance class. Ashby Dickerson will instruct you on the basics of Swing Dance, and then offer free dance time from 8:30 — 10:30 to practice your skills and socialize. The cost is $5/person, no partner required. Refreshments are provided but bringing a snack to share is also always appreciated! The Bristol Ballet is located at 519 State Street and the studio is upstairs. For more information, call 276-669-6051. Ashby does regular dance classes at the Bristol Ballet, and also in Abingdon and other locations; for more information, you can contact him on 276-623-4400.

Dirty Bourbon River Show at 620 State on Valentine's Day

February 14, 2014
Dirty Bourbon River Show will be performing live at 620 State on Friday, February 14, 10pm until 1am — a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day! Enjoy some great food and drink on Valentines Day & stick around to dance the night away!! NO COVER!!! You're welcome! This is an All Ages concert. Check out http://www.reverbnation.com/dirtybourbonrivershow for more information.

Valentine's Day at Machiavelli's with the Rickshaw Roadshow!

February 14, 2014
Come out to Machiavell's on Friday, February 14 for a Valentine's Night with Filet Beef Tips with Ravioli and Scallop Piccata as our Dinner Features and Red Velvet Cake for dessert, as well as great local music with a show by the Rickshaw Roadshow! It's the perfect Valentine's gift for your sweetheart — who wouldn't enjoy a romantic dinner and a show? For more information, contact Machiavelli's on 423-573-9955.

"L'Amour Toujours Valentine's Concert" at the Paramount Center of the Arts

February 14, 2014
The Paramount Center for the Arts presents "L'AMOUR TOUJOURS VALENTINE'S CONCERT" on Friday, February 14 at 7:30pm. Highlighting the beauty of the Symphony of the Mountains, Concertmaster Sean Claire and Principal French Horn player Jeffery Whaley will be featured as soloists in this romantic Valentine's concert. Make this Valentine's Day a night to remember for you and the special someone! The evening's repertoire will include: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Cosi fan tutte: Overture; Ludwig van Beethoven, Romance No. 2; Astor Piazzolla, Oblivion, Two Tangos; Paul Dukas, Villanelle; Richard Wagner, Siegfried Idyll; Camille Saint — Saens, Romance Op. 36; and Pablo de Sarasate, Gypsy Airs. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 423-274-8920 or go to www.theparamountcenter.com.

Last Call at O'Mainnin's Pub on Valentine's Day!

February 14, 2014
Last Call will perform live at O'Mainnin's Pub in Historic Downtown Bristol on Friday, February 14 — a great way to enjoy Valentine's Day with your sweetie!
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Start your Valentine's Day celebrations with a beer tasting at Inari Wines!

February 14, 2014
Every Friday between 4 and 7 PM, Inari Wines hosts informal beer tastings / education, which feature five new and interesting beers across a broad range of styles. Cheeses and other specialty food items are offered for pairing. These tastings have become a staple of Bristol’s downtown night life, with many guests enjoying the beverages and camaraderie before they head out to dinner or carry on with their evening plans — so a perfect start to Valentine's Day, Friday, February 14, with your sweetheart! Cost is $5 per taster, which includes beer, light snacks, tasting notes, and an informal presentation. For more information, contact Inari Wines on 276-821-9463.

Celebrate Valentine's Day in Sweet Style — Check out Blackbird Bakery's Valentine's Menu!

February 14, 2014
Blackbird Bakery is offering a delicious Valentine's Day dessert menu — with something for every taste! Show your sweetheart how much you care, thank someone special in your life, or just let a friend know how much they are appreciated. Choose from Cake for Two ($7.99 — 9.99), Classic Cupcakes ($1.75 or a dozen for $18.00), Brownie Towers ($4.50), 8" Heart-Shaped Brownies ($9.99), Heart-Shaped Red Velvet Whoopie Pies ($2.99), Iced Heart-Shaped Butter Cookies ($1.25 or a dozen for $13.99), Chocolate-Covered Strawberries ($1.50), Chocolate Truffles ($0.99), Red Velvet Cake Doughnuts ($0.99 or a dozen for $7.98), and Valentine's Themed Iced Doughnuts ($0.99 or a dozen for $7.98)! You can call Blackbird for availability and to order on 276-645-5754.

blowfish emporium painting party — Lovebirds

February 13, 2014
Come on out to blowfish emporium's regular Tuesday & Thursday night painting parties! The next painting party is Thursday, February 13 from 6 to 8pm. Be assured, this is NOT a painting class! It is very relaxed & informal. The point is to have fun & allow yourself the option to get as creative as you want. NO SKILL IS REQUIRED, really! The cost is $32 per person (includes EVERYTHING — canvas, paint, tools & instruction — you just show up!). For more information contact blowfish emporium on 276-644-1428 or info@blowfishemporium.com.
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AAME Speaker Series at the Bristol Public Library: Dr. Martin Dotterweich, "From Clay Tablet to Kindle: Book History in the Digital Age"

February 13, 2014
The Arts Alliance Mountain Empire, in cooperation with the Bristol Public Library, is pleased to announce a new endeavor for the Mountain Empire region. The AAME Speakers Series will feature local and regional personalities sharing their expertise on topics that will enrich and encourage the arts and general communities of our region. This series will also provide a forum for member organizations of AAME to tell of their contributions to the Mountain Empire region. The first event in the series, taking place on Thursday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m., will feature Dr. Martin Dotterweich, Associate Professor of History at King University. Dotterweich’s topic will be “From Clay Tablet to Kindle: Book History in the Digital Age.” This past summer, Dotterweich spent four weeks in New York City for a National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar, “Researching Early Modern Manuscripts and Printed Books.” His presentation will draw on that experience. For more information, contact the Bristol Public Library on 276-645-8780.
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Local Musical Talent Showcase at 606 State Street Gallery

February 13, 2014
Come on out to 606 State Street Gallery for their very first Local Talent Showcase! On Thursday, February 13 from 6 until 10pm, there will be a great line-up of musicians ready to play for you. $5 cover – refreshments will be served. These are some of the top musicians our area has to offer. Please come out and support the local music & art scene. Here's the great line-up: * PJ Steelman playing at 6; * Isaiah Odum & David Odum at 6:30; * Josh Bremerman at 7; * DC Wolf at 7:30; * Kat Rush at 8; * Jimi Hall at 8:30; * Rich Allen at 9; * At 9:30, Chaz Spence will perform 1 or 2 songs, then Randy Broyles and Chaz will perform “Hurt”. For questions, email info@606statestreetgallery.com or call the gallery at 423.573.2438.

Save the date — Believe in Bristol's Annual Downtown Showcase is coming soon!


Ruth King enjoys a bite from Shindigs at 2013's Downtown Showcase.
February 12, 2014
Believe in Bristol's annual fundraiser, the Downtown Showcase, is always a night to remember — and this year is set to be bigger and better than ever! Held on Thursday, March 6, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Foundation Event Facility, the Showcase brings together a variety of downtown offerings, including food and wine tastings, local arts, a fashion show, live music, a silent and live auction, and much more!
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Last chance to order Valentine's Sweets for your Sweetheart from Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College

February 12, 2014
The Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College will be selling Valentine Sweets — perfect for your special sweetheart! * Heart-shaped tray full of chocolate-dipped Strawberries $15.00 * Heart-shaped Tray full of assorted chocolate truffles $20.00 * Combination of strawberries and truffles $22.00 *Combination Long Stem Rose wrapped with greenery and Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries $25.00. You can order for pick-up or delivery (business and schools only in local Bristol, VA area). Please send the following information: Sender's Name; Sender's phone number; Recipient's name; Phone number; Delivery or Pick-up at college; Delivery date or pick-up date; Items ordered. Please return orders and payment to the college by February 12, 2014. Payment may be made by check, cash or credit card. If using credit card please fill in information. Please make check payable to: Southeast Culinary College. 100 Piedmont Ave, Bristol, VA 24201.For more information, call 276-591-5699.

This Valentine's Day, say it with a song — from Bristol, VA Parks & Rec Department!

February 12, 2014
Have trouble expressing yourself when it comes to matters of the heart? Let the Bristol, Virginia Parks & Recreation Department say it for you on Valentine's Day with a heartfelt serenade! Singing duet teams will be dispatched throughout the city and surrounding locale from 9am until 5pm on Friday, February 14! For $17, you can reserve your serenade for a home, place of business, restaurant, school, hospital, plus many other locations. Along with the song of love or appreciation, your serenade package will contain a single rose and a card with the sender's sentiments inside.For bookings, call 276-645-7275.

Get beautiful roses for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day from Pen's Floral!

February 12, 2014
It's Valentine's Week and Pen's Floral is READY!! We have a good deal for those wanting roses for their sweetie — instead of the $64.95 regular price plus delivery, if you pick them up yourself you get them for $54.95! This saves you $10 plus a minimum $6.95 delivery charge! Give us a call today, we'll have them ready and waiting for you! We can even pack your vase in a box for easier traveling in the car! Call us on 276-644-4600.

Puppy Love — Valentine's Special of 15% off at Pointer Brand

February 12, 2014
Get a special Valentine's gift for your sweetheart from Pointer Brand — 15% off and free shipping through February 14! Go to their shop on 7th Street in Historic Downtown Bristol or their websitehttps://www.pointerbrand.com/ for more information!

Bristol Office Supply has lots of products you'll LOVE — in honor of Valentine's Day!

February 12, 2014
Check out Bristol Office Supply's website for some great products you're sure to Love: http://view.sprtmail.com/?j=fec5117875670574&m=fe9715707060007a76&ls=fe161275726c037c7d1378&l=ff65127475&s=fe5d1d707562057b7013&jb=ffce15&ju=fe611671766d057b7413. From a red faux croc iPad case to a heart post-it note dispenser, there's something for everyone!

Upcoming Events

Valentine's Sweets for your Sweetheart from Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College

February 12, 2014

O'Mainnin's Humpday Party with Farmhouse Ghost

February 12, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Lovebirds

February 13, 2014

AAME Speaker Series at the Bristol Public Library: Dr. Martin Dotterweich, "From Clay Tablet to Kindle: Book History in the Digital Age"

February 13, 2014

Local Musical Talent Showcase at 606 State Street Gallery

February 13, 2014

Last Call at O'Mainnin's Pub

February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day at Machiavelli's with the Rickshaw Roadshow!

February 14, 2014

Newcomers & Friends Club meeting at Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College

February 14, 2014

This Valentine's Day, say it with a song — from Bristol, VA Parks & Rec Department!

February 14, 2014

Swing Dance class at Bristol Ballet — the perfect date for Valentine's Day!

February 14, 2014

Dirty Bourbon River Show at 620 State

February 14, 2014

Valentine's Dinner at Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College

February 14, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

February 14, 2014

"L'Amour Toujours Valentine's Concert" at the Paramount Center of the Arts

February 14, 2014

The Jaystorm Project at O'Mainnin's Pub

February 15, 2014

The Hit Men — former members of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and Tommy James & The Shondells performing live at the Paramount

February 15, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

February 15, 2014

Sunday Funday at O'Mainnin's Pub

February 16, 2014

ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time & Country Bands at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

February 17, 2014

Open Band Jam with master blues guitarist Adam Graybeal at O'Mainnin's Pub

February 17, 2014

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

February 17, 2014

Gain While Losing with YWCA Weight Loss Challenge

February 17, 2014

Guido Au'Some & the Open Mic Players at O'Mainnin's Pub

February 18, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Musical Bird

February 18, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Bristol Sign

February 20, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

February 21, 2014

Motel Rodeo at Stateline Bar & Grille

February 21, 2014

ACMA Presents the 18th Annual Leon Kiser Concert at the Foundation Event Facility

February 22, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

February 22, 2014

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

February 24, 2014

Performance Appraisals Training Session at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce

February 25, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Abstract Landscape

February 25, 2014

blowfish emporium painting party — Owl

February 27, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

February 28, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

March 01, 2014

The Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

March 04, 2014

Believe in Bristol's Annual Downtown Showcase Fundraiser at the Foundation Event Facility

March 06, 2014

Matt Jones and The Bobs at Stateline Bar & Grille

March 07, 2014

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

March 07, 2014

The Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Paramount

March 08, 2014

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

March 08, 2014

March Pinterest Party at 606 State Street Gallery: DIY Dahlia Mirror

March 11, 2014

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